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“ARDOYNE” Winner of 6 International Film Festivals Gives Birth to FFF

“ARDOYNE” Winner of 6 International Film Festivals

“ARDOYNE” – by  Philip Clayton-Thompson – creator, director, lyricist and vocalist. Music by Daniel Buhr. Music Production by the late, great Tim Ellis – is the winner of 6 International Film Festivals and an Official Selection in 50 others. It is currently on a year-long tour of embassies in South America, Middle East and South Africa via the Human Rights Festival of Barcelona – New York City.

As a result of our arduous work of submitting “ARDOYNE” to various international film festivals and running into some unsavory promoters, we were inspired to create (FFF) as a means of helping indie filmmakers to navigate the tricky waters of worldwide film festivals. Fashioned after both the Michelin Guide and Yelp, FFF allows filmmakers, filmgoers and festival promoters to write festival reviews on 7,000+ worldwide festivals found on the site. Multiple submission platforms are indicated wherever appropriate.

Read more about the site – which now features a blog – here on MovieMaker Magazine and Filmmaker Magazine.


February 11, 2017   No Comments


Five Product Launch Films for Summer Infant and Yellow Prairie Interior Design

Blackstone Edge Films has had a busy year. Starting with a “Keep Portland Weird” film for the 222nd Presbyterian General Assembly held in Portland, Oregon – shown to 5,000 people at the convention, and which remains in perpetuity on the Presbytery’s website.

Oaks Parks is just one of the 70+ locales featured in “Keeping PDX Weird”

Last fall, BSE began writing/directing/filming and producing 5 videos for our new client Summer Infant, the largest manufacturer of baby products in the U.S.  in connection with Yellow Prairie Interior Design for a launch of Summer Infant’s latest line of stylish baby gates – suitable for your “fur babies,” too!  Watch them here.

To honor the work of Operation Nightwatch, BSE Films did a short film on their Mobile Outreach program helping the many homeless in Portland, Oregon.  Watch it here.

Operation Nightwatch serves the large homeless population in PDX

Recently, we began working with Pastor Brett Webb-Mitchell, author of Practicing Pilgrimage, to develop a TV series based on his book.

Practicing Pilgrimage by Brett Webb-Mitchell


February 8, 2017   No Comments

“ARDOYNE” Wins at Four International Film Festivals


Blackstone Edge Studios is proud to announce that “ARDOYNE” has become a winner at four International Film Festivals:

New York City International Film Festival; Philadelphia Independent Film Festival; Phoenix Comicon Film Festival, and Lionshead Film Festival in Dallas.

Watch the new opening to our website: which pays tributes to these multiple wins.


Its UK premiere was last week at Sunderland Shorts Film Festival. The message of bringing peace to areas of conflict aided by the wonderful music by Daniel Buhr, lyrics and lead vocal by Philip Clayton-Thompson, music production by Tim Ellis,  animation by Marshal Serna, has helped to make the film an official selection at international film festivals around the world: Balneario Camboriu, Brazil (CineramaBC Film Festival); Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina (Viva); Roma Film Festival and Pietrasanta (Italy); TMMF (Glasgow), and 21 other festivals.

Global Revolution Festival, Mosaic World Film Festival and the Columbia Gorge Film Festivals are coming right up this summer, from Long Island to Rockford, Illinois to Vancouver, Washington! Don’t miss out on the fun and the message!



July 11, 2015   No Comments

PHOENIX COMICON – “ARDOYNE’S” Latest Official Selection

Phoenix Comicon Film Festival "Ardoyne" is an Official Selection

Phoenix Comicon Film Festival chooses”Ardoyne” as an Official Selection

On the heels of our World Theatrical Premiere at the Tiburon International Film Festival, we returned to Portland to discover “Ardoyne” has become an “Official Selection” for the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival! Here, we will be rubbing shoulders with such film stars as Christopher Lloyd, Ron Perlman, Barry Bostwick and Mary McDonnell (of “Dances with Wolves.”) Three fun-packed days May 28-31st.

It’s going to be a busy season for “Ardoyne,” which will also appear at the New York City International Film Festival (4/30-5/7), where William Shatner will be showing his doco on Star Trek: “Chaos on the Bridge.” He’ll be following us from NYC to Phoenix, where both of our films will be shown! Go Trekkies!

If you can’t make those festivals, chin up! You can find “Ardoyne” being shown around the world: Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Media City FF, Brooklyn, NY Bahche FF, North Hollywood FF Sizzle Reel this summer, BARCELONA – Paris – NYC Human Rights, FF and Big As Texas FF in Austin, the latter are both in October. If you want to pitch a tent, you can see “Ardoyne” at the Columbia Gorge FF this summer in Vancouver, Camas & Washougal.



April 19, 2015   No Comments



In a moment of total synchronicity, we learned today that  the Belfast Film Festival is featuring our award-winning documentary “A Place Called Ardoyne” as part of their upcoming festival.The film was recently chosen out of 450,000 British films by the British Film Institute (BFI) to be restored and digitized as part of the British Film Heritage program. That restored version will be playing at the festival in April 16-25, 2015.

“A Place Called Ardoyne” will be running concurrently with my music video, “Ardoyne,” at its theatrical world premiere at the Tiburon International Film Festival in California – April 9-17th. The music video utilizes footage from the 1972 film, which won the 1973 Chicago Film Festival .  “Ardoyne” opens the festival on Friday, March 10th at 10pm at the Tiburon Playhouse Theater. Tickets available here:

I am very moved that a new generation of audiences will see my historical film. At the time it was made, the film was deemed controversial, but its message has stayed the same, namely, as one person says in the film, ‘We’ll never have peace until we all get together!”

March 6, 2015   No Comments


Out of 450,000 films, British Film Institute selects "A Place Called Ardoyne" to be digitized.

Out of 450,000 films, British Film Institute selects “A Place Called Ardoyne” to be digitized.

This morning we received notification at Blackstone Edge Studios from the British Film Institute that Philip Clayton-Thompson’s 1973 film “A Place Called Ardoyne” has been selected to be digitized as a way of preserving British history for future generations.  This is ironic given that PCT’s song “Ardoyne,” which uses footage from this award-winning film, has currently been accepted into 7 International Film Festivals. “A Place Called Ardoyne” won the 1973 Chicago Film Festival Silver Hugo Award.

You can see and hear “Arodyne” on YouTube. PCT, who directed the original film, wrote the lyrics and is the lead vocalist for his band “Blackstone Edge Band.”

November 13, 2014   No Comments


Children of Belfast paintings created for original film "A Place Called Ardoyne

Children of Belfast paintings created for original film “A Place Called Ardoyne” by Philip Clayton-Thompson and animated for “Ardoyne,” the music video.

In only 2 short weeks, “Ardoyne,” the music video produced by Blackstone Edge Studios with lyrics by Philip Clayton-Thompson and music by Daniel Buhr, is among the top ten songs on ReverbNation.
The video uses clips from “A Place Called Ardoyne,” and animates the children of Belfast’s paintings created for the original 1972 film, which won the Chicago Film Festival in 1973.
Watch it HERE:


October 18, 2014   No Comments

BSE Launches Custom Website


Blackstone Edge Studios has created a sumptuous, tasty new website, all done from scratch – all cooking term puns intended! Visit the custom made Thai Square website by BSE and you’ll be drooling. Not only for its vibrant colors, tasty food and snazzy new logo, but also for its YouTube video, which takes you behind the scenes to see just how your food is made… You’ll wish we had installed a scratch and sniff as well!

Check out BSE’s updated website, too. There you’ll find updated images under DETAILS, COVERS, and the YOUTUBE tiles.

Grass doesn’t grow beneath our team’s feet… because we enjoy what we do!


May 19, 2014   No Comments

Blackstone Edge Studios – 60 Second Beauty Energizer

An image from 60 Second Beauty Energizer - the Nichelin home featured in the latest French Country Style

An image from 60 Second Beauty Energizer – the Nichelin home featured in the latest French Country Style

You’ve heard of the Energizer Bunny, right? Well, Blackstone Edge Studios, known for its yummy vignettes, has compiled a bevy of beautiful, perky, funny, images, including some funny cats, dogs, and mannequins – as the perfect way to start your day! Or uplift that 4 o’clock slump. The music, composed and performed by Colin E. Cowles is the best antidote to any sort of bad weather blues. Now, just click and enjoy! Don’t be afraid to click several times, just to see them all again… and, well, maybe AGAIN!

April 7, 2014   No Comments

What’s New @ Blackstone Edge Studios

As passionate filmmakers, we at Blackstone Edge Studios wanted to amend our website to feature some of our film clips and awards as a landing page! Now you don’t even have to go to the “tile” marked “Awards” at the bottom of the Home Page to see what Blackstone Edge Studios has garnered most recently.

BSE wins Gold Innovator Award from Summit International

BSE wins Gold Innovator Award from Summit International

We hope that more of clients present and future will make use of our talents as filmmakers and editors to promote their product in a unique way.

You’ll want to see this on device larger than your cell phone to get the full visual effect. We’ve highlighted a few of the clips with references to their original films or YouTube series, but others you will have to go a bit deeper into the site (click on YouTube tile, for instance) to discover their origins.



April 2, 2014   No Comments